'Glee' Star Mark Salling Pleads Not Guilty to Child Pornography Charges
By Sophie Schillaci
UPDATE:Mark Salling pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on two child pornography charges. The case has been assigned to a federal judge and is scheduled for trial on July 12. The Glee star, who appeared very nervous during the hearing, will be released on $150,000 bond and required to wear an ankle bracelet for monitoring. He was also ordered to stay 100 feet away from schools, playgrounds and arcades, as well as avoid any contact with the internet, drugs or children.
PREVIOUSLY: Mark Salling arrived at a Los Angeles courthouse on Friday morning ahead of his scheduled arraignment in connection with child pornography charges.
The 33-year-old former Glee star was photographed looking calm on his way in, wearing a blue blazer and button-up shirt without a tie. As previously announced in a press release, Salling was expected to surrender to authorities ahead of his arraignment, which is scheduled for 2 p.m.
As ET previously reported, Salling was indicted last week on two charges of receiving and possessing child pornography on his laptop computer, a hard drive and 16 gigabyte USB flash drive. Following his arrest on Dec. 29, 2015, Salling's devices were seized. According to investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department, who are still reviewing the material, it "contained thousands of images and videos depicting child pornography."
If convicted of receiving child pornography, the star could face a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison. Additionally, the charge of possessing child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.
On Thursday, less than 24-hours before reporting to court, Salling was photographed taking out a check for $100,000 made payable to the Clerk of the U.S. District Court.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Salling had been fired from his gig on the upcoming miniseries Gods and Secrets.
"He has been cut from the miniseries," executive producer Adi Shankar said in a statement. "I will personally be paying for the reshoots, and I hope that Mark finds inner peace."
The filmmaker went a step further to promise, "a percentage of profits from the project will go to a charity for abused children. Hopefully some good will come of all of this and I pray that when the dust has settled, the hyper-connectivity of the information age that has brought to light the transgressions of several public figures, will also force us to look within our society to identify and eliminate the root cause of the rape culture we exist in."
A rep for Salling has not yet commented on the allegations.
(Originally published Friday, June 3, 2016, at 10:43 am PST)